Exodus 34, vs. 12-18 with Betty

12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

God warned Moses, as we know He had also done in the past, about making covenants with the inhabitants of the land they were going to.

The Lord instructed Moses to destroy their altars, break their images and cut down their graves.  This was to insure they would not begin to follow after other gods than the Lord for the Lord “is a jealous God.”

The Lord also warned Moses about allowing the people to marry the sons and daughters of the conquered land because that might lead to following the gods of those people and He reminded Moses that the  Israelites were to eat unleavened bread each year in the month Of Abib to commemorate coming out of Egypt.

With no way to make his instructions known to the people other than by repeating them to Moses, it seems the Lord was diligent in teaching His will to Moses His servant so that Moses could in turn repeat it to the people over time so that all that the Lord required them to do would become very familiar to them.

Betty Killebrew

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Help! I need a kid.

Author’s Note:  I originally published this article on another website a few months ago. You will be happy to know that since then I have learned to take pictures on my I-Pad. I have also learned to email them.  Other than that, however, the I-Pad remains pretty much a mystery.

 The other day my grandson, 6 ½ months old stayed with me for a few hours. He spent most of the time playing on an old comfort on the floor and he put on quite a show.

He has learned to turn over so quickly it’s more like a flip than a roll, and he also has a terrific trick of turning his whole little body in a complete circle with a crab like motion than allows him to turn around without moving much in any direction.

He is able to creep forward a little on his belly and he’s working hard to learn to crawl, although so far it’s mostly rising to his hands and knees and rocking until he gives up and stretches out again.

I watched this show all afternoon until it neared time to go to church. As my husband would stay with him and I would go to church alone, I thought it would be great to record a little video of his antics to show off to my church friends.

I thought I knew how to take pictures and videos with my I-Pad—I have even done it before; but this time I spent over 10 minutes stewing over that I-Pad and couldn’t even figure out how to snap one still picture.

I fervently wished my granddaughters were there.  One is eleven; the other four; but both of them snap pictures and record videos with my I-pad every time they come over. Next time one of them is here, Grandma is going to get a lesson!

B. Killebrew

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Exodus 34 , vs. 5- 11 with Betty

5 And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.

6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.

11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Moses went to the mount according to the Lord’s instructions, taking two new tables that the Lord had promised to write on to replace the previous ones which Moses had destroyed.

On the mount the Lord before him in a cloud and proclaimed:  “The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”

Moses worshipped the Lord and asked him to go among his people and the Lord promised to do marvels such as had not been done in all the earth and He promised to drive out the residents of the countries they passed through as they continued on their journey.

With this assurance, Moses knew that the Lord would help him to take his people to the Promised Land.

Betty Killebrew

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Hot Stuff, Cool Delivery

I love to think about how we use language. Today I had fun thinking of all these common expressions that employ the word “hot”, none of which have anything to do with any measurable unit of heat.
Hot bed                                     Hot dog (Noun)
Hot potato                                 Hot dog! (exclamation)
Hot time                                    Hot lips
Hot head                                   Hot money
Hot seat                                    Hot rod
Hot for (Verb)                            Hot chick/Hot dame

I also thought of these expressions that use the words cold or cool, once again with no connection to actual temperature.

Cold hearted                            Cool headed
Cold turkey                               Cold cash
Cool! (adjective)                       Cold Fish
Cold case


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Exodus 34, vs. 1-4 with Betty

34 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.

4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two

tables of stone.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts: 

Exodus Chapter 34 begins with the Lord telling Moses to hew out two tables like the ones he had broken, and he would write upon the new tables.

He asked Moses to be ready in the morning to climb on Mount Sinai.  No one else was to come with him and no herds were to feed in the foreground of the mountain.

So Moses hewed the tables of stone and rose up the following morning and went up Mount Sinai taking those tables with him according to what the Lord had commanded.

I have peeked ahead, and I know that in tomorrow’s reading we will learn what the Lord does upon the mount when Moses goes up.

I am finding this story of the interaction between Moses and the Lord very interesting and I hope you are too.

Betty Killebrew

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The other Grandma

We were grandmothers together to two of the nicest grandkids anybody ever had.  It makes great comedy on television for the two grandmothers to engage in rivalry, but that never happened with us.  We both babysat—sometimes on the same day—passing those wonderful children between us with her sometimes coming to get them from me and I sometimes going to her home to pick them up.  I liked her a lot and never doubted that she gave my grandchildren the best of love and care. Even after our children divorced, our relationship remained the same.

Can you imagine how sad I was for my grandchildren when I recently learned that her cancer was terminal and she did not have much longer to live?  It was heartbreaking for me because of those grandchildren.  They were facing one of the most difficult losses of life at a time when it would be most devastating.

When I saw my four-year-old granddaughter a couple of days later, I said to her, “Honey, I’m sorry your nana is so sick.”  Perhaps she didn’t want to talk about it; perhaps she was busy playing with cousins; or perhaps she didn’t really hear me.  All she replied was, “That’s okay.”

The next day, when I was with her again, after a few minutes, she nearly jumped in my face and yelled at me, “Aren’t you sorry about my nana?”

“Of course I am, Honey; remember, I told you I was sorry yesterday.”

“You didn’t.”

“I guess you didn’t hear me but I am sorry, Sweetheart.  I even wrote a prayer for your nana.”

“Where is it?” she demanded.  “Read it to me.”

“I don’t have it with me.  I left it at home, but we could say a prayer for Nana right now.”

“No, write it.”

She brought a small piece of paper and thrust it at me.  As I struggled (out loud for her benefit) to find words, she scribbled on another piece of paper, first seeming to write what I said and later saying aloud words of her own.  When I had finished, she said she was going to mail the prayers to her Nana in the city where she was in the hospital.  She said, “I know how to mail things.”  Then she folded up both papers (rather messily) and asked me to write on them.  At her instruction, I wrote, “To Nana at Indianapolis. She then immediately ran out of the house to place the “letters” in the rural mail box.

I made a mental note to tell her father to retrieve them later but I forgot to tell him.

Two days more passed and I saw my little granddaughter again.  She was not in a very good mood and I asked her why she was so “saucy” with me.  Her answer, “I want to be saucy because I’m mad and I’m sad.”  Of course I asked her why and her answer was heartbreaking.  “Because I don’t want my nana to go and I know she has to.  She has to next month.”

“How do you know that?” I asked.

“Because I know things; she tells me things.” And then she added in a tone of despair, “And the mail doesn’t even go to Indianapolis.”

There was nothing I could do at that point but tell her I loved her.  I later learned that she was the one who got the mail every day for her daddy and she had been complaining about her letters not being taken until her dad finally looked at the box and discovered the “letters”.

The very next day after this dear precocious child told me she knew her nana had to go, her mother called and asked that the child be brought to Nana’s bedside to say goodbye.  Her dad took those precious prayers along so she could give them to Nana personally.

I wept.


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This Little Pig

(This is something I sometimes chant to little children instead of the age-old “This Little Piggy”)

This little pig is my little
I really love it true,
This little pig is my little pig
this little pig is my little pig
And this little pig is too.
This little pig is my little pig,
But this one belongs to YOU!

(As soon as I wiggle the last teeny-tiny “piggy” I always touch my forefinger to the child’s belly– to their delight.)

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 33, vs. 18-23 with Betty

18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

K.J.V.Bible Text

My thoughts:

Not surprisingly after the long relationship Moses had already had with the Lord, he wished to see his full glory.   The Lord however told him he could not see His face and live so he would have him stand in a cleft of the rock and as he passed by, He would cover Moses with His hand.  Then when He had passed, He would remove His hand so that Moses could see His back parts, but not His face.

Moses must surely have realized then the almighty power of the Lord who had found grace in him.

Betty Killebrew

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Follow Me

The Lord has said, “Come follow me.”
Man replies, “Just let me be.”

The Lord says the meaning of riches is naught;
Man says, “I need all these things I bought.”

Always there’s conflict between the divine
And man declaring, “This thing is MINE!”

But some day when all is stripped away,
All the riches and glory of this present day,

Then, with soul trembling, you’ll hear the Lord say,
“What good did you do along your earthly way?”

And then only God’s amazing grace
Will allow you to enter His Holy place.

Elizabeth Ruth

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Exodus 33, vs. 11-17 with Betty

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The Lord spoke to Moses face to face and Moses reminded the Lord that he had told him to take the people “hence” but he had not told him who would go with him on the journey. He reminded the Lord that He had told him that He knew him by name and the Lord then told him that he had found grace in His sight.

The Lord told Moses that His presence would go with them on the journey.  Moses then asked the Lord to either go with them or not ask them to go, for he feared that he and the rest of the children of Israel would be cut off from everyone else on earth if the Lord did not go with them and show that the people had found grace with Him.

How grateful Moses must have felt when the Lord promised his presence. for the people had sinned a great sin while he was on the Mount with the Lord and Moses must surely have feared they would not be forgiven; but the Lord was true unto the people in spite of the evil of their ways.

Betty Killebrew

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